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Stockholm

The city modern and sparking with life
Historical charme, design and strange contradictions. These are the main features of a nordic capital city, modern and sparking with life. Founded 750 years ago connectin 15 islands, Stockholm offers the magic of its primordial element: water. All around there are about 24 thousands small islands, most of them uninhabited, an ideal destination for interesting trips at sunset, when the city offers its most beautiful sights.
 
Stockhom is also home to the Nobel Prize and, even if devoted to technology, it’s not a huge metropolis. Every corner of this city is mansized, every sense is fully satisfied. In a couple of hours by feet the tour of downtown Stockholm is complete, add up another couple of hours dedicated to shopping and the result is perfect. For the nightflies the possibilities are almost infinite.
 
 
 
 
Gamla Stan:  the old town.
Walking among the paved streets, the Medieval alleys and elegant buildings, ancient images of horses and carriages that once rumbled through these places take form.
 
The astounding Royal Palace, the biggest in the world, looks like a constant reminder of the glories of the past.
Finished in 1760 to substitute the former one destroyed by a fire, it stands for the power that the Swedish monarchy once held. The Cathedral is another place not to be missed.

The Djurgarden Island, east of the city, is rich of parks and museums.
 
The famous Vasamuseet, beatiful example of sea archeology, is the closest thing still existing to make you feel like a sailor in the XVII century. Another destination is the Skansen, the first open-air museum in the world. It has a zoo, an aquarium, a pavillon dedicated to forestry and a tobacco museum. With object and artifacts coming from all over Sweden the atmosphere here is pretty charming.
 
 
If New York and London got their own SoHo, also Stockholm is no less with its personal SoFo - “South of Folkungagatan” -  in the Sodermalm district. This area has become one of the trendiest district of Stockholm, with several cafès, restaurants, bars and clubs, each with its peculiar style. Three words to describe it: young, hippysh and relaxed.
 
Swedish cuisine
In Swedish cuisine, the main dishes are generally barley soup, or pork and pea soup, such as the arter med flask soup. But the fish is undoubtedly the main protagonist and in particular the herring that is prepared in wet, marinated or fried. Meat dishes are based on elk, reindeer, pork but also veal. Renowned are the Swedish meatballs accompanied by excellent cranberry jam. Among the desserts, famous are the Pepparkakor, Christmas gingerbread cookies, and also the Kanelbulle, small sweet rolls with cinnamon.
 
Smoked herring
 
Swedish meatballs
 
 
Pepparkakor cookies
 Kanelbulle
 
 
 
Where to sleep in Stockholm
Stockholm is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
 

Text by Isabella Duse
Photos: Visit Sweden  Shutterstock
Copyright © Sisterscom.com
Published on Avion Tourism N12 - Updated September 2018
Video: www.visitsweden.com
 
 
 
Tourist Board

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WHERE TO GO
Monuments
CITY HALL

Ragnar Östbergs Plan 1

The City Hall is one of the most famous silhouettes in Stockholm. Stockholm City Hall is one of the country’s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture. The City Hall was designed by the architect Ragnar Östberg, and opened on Midsummer Eve in 1923. The City Hall is built from eight million bricks, and the 106 meter tall tower has the three crowns, which is the Swedish national coat of arms.

GAMLA STAN

Gamla Stan is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights. Here we can find Sweden’s national Cathedral Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum.

ROYAL PALACE

Gamla stan

The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden with over 600 rooms. The Palace was largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697. Visit the reception rooms with splendid interiors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Rikssalen (the Hall of State) with Queen Kristina’s silver throne, and Ordenssalarna (Halls of the Orders of Chivalry). 

 
Museums
MODERN MUSEET 

Exercisplan 2

The museum's large collections and temporary exhibitions present contemporary art side by side with the modern classics. Moderna Museet is located on Skeppsholmen island, a setting of natural beauty. The building was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and offers a first-class program of temporary exhibitions, a children's workshop, a store and a restaurant with a beautiful view of Djurgården and Strandvägen

www.modernamuseet.se

VASA MUSEUM

Galärvarvsvägen 14

The Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year. There are ten different exhibitions around the ship, the Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, to tell about life on board the ship. The film about the Vasa is shown in 13 different languages.

 

FOTOGRAFISKA

Stadsgårdshamnen 22

Fotografiska is one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography. Fotografiska presents four unique large exhibitions and about 20 smaller exhibitions annually. In addition to the large exhibition, Fotografiska also houses a book and souvenir shop, a restaurant and a photo gallery. In the bar on the top floor you will find one of Stockholm’s very best vantage points.

www.fotografiska.eu

 

 
Excursions
SKANSEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

Djurgårdsslätten 49-51

Skansen consists of the oldest open-air museum in the world and the Stockholm zoo, with a beautiful location on Royal Djurgårdenand a view over all of Stockholm. Skansen is a favorite both among Stockholmers and visitors passing through, and it’s a perfect family outing. At Skansen you can learn about traditional crafts and traditions. Skansen in the Christmas season is a special event, with a Christmas market and a traditional Swedish julbord (Christmas buffet).

www.skansen.se

BOAT SIGHTSEEING

Seeing Stockholm from the water is an enjoyable must. Fortunately, there are many tours to choose from depending on your interests. Under the Bridges of StockholmRoyal Canal Tour and the early Good Morning Stockholm Tour concentrate on central Stockholm and take from 50 minutes to 2 hours.

 

SKYVIEW

Globentorget 2

SkyView is the world-class attraction that takes you to the top of the world’s largest spherical building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark. From the apex 130 meters above sea level, you get a fantastic view encompassing all of Stockholm. The two SkyView gondolas depart every 10 minutes, and the entire visit takes about 30 minutes. 

www.globearenas.se

 

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